Skip to main content
Special Report

Zombie Science

How parasites turn animals into "zombies"--and why we are so fascinated with these creatures

The American Fascination With Zombies

Ed note: As Halloween rapidly approaches in the US, AiP will be exploring superstitions, beliefs, and the things that go bump in the night. This post originally appeared on AiP on May 17th, 2011, in response to Zombie Awareness Month—oh, it's real all right.

October 26, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Fungus Makes Zombie Ants Do All the Work

A tropical fungus has adapted to infect ants and force them to chomp, with surprising specificity, into perfectly located leaves before killing them and taking over their bodies

July 31, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Your average, everyday zombie

“The purpose of man's life...is to become an abject zombie who serves a purpose he does not know, for reasons he is not to question.” - Ayn Rand Of all the cryptic, creepy and cruel creatures that emerge each Halloween, few captivate our imaginations like the living dead.

October 31, 2011 — Christie Wilcox

Instant Zombie - Just Add Salt.

Those of you who follow me on Google+, facebook or twitter might have seen this neat little video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwvaEpYbUIM Yeah, it freaked me out, too.

July 28, 2011 — Christie Wilcox

Are Zombies nocturnal?

For Halloween, I thought I'd republish this old post of mine from July 1, 2010. Blame 'Night of the Living Dead' for this, but many people mistakenly think that zombies are nocturnal, going around their business of walking around town with stilted gaits, looking for people whose brains they can eat, only at night.

October 31, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic